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Gunnevera Fires Another Bullet In Preparation For Travers Stakes

Peacock Racing Stables’ Gunnevera turned in his fourth consecutive bullet workout at Gulfstream Park West Saturday while breezing five furlongs in a sharp 58.80 seconds under Edgard Zayas. Unraced since finishing fifth in the Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico May 20, the Antonio Sano-trained 3-year-old colt was credited with the fastest of 12 workouts recorded at the five-furlong […]

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Classic Empire ‘Hasn’t Been As Aggressive,’ Will Skip Haskell Invitational

Juvenile champion Classic Empire has officially been taken out of consideration for the July 30 Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park, trainer Mark Casse told drf.com. The 3-year-old son of Pioneerof the Nile was scratched out of the Belmont Stakes with an abscess, and seems to have not fully recovered from the hoof ailment. Classic Empire recently […]

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Belmont Stakes Runner-Up Destin Returning From Nine-Month Layoff

Twin Creeks Racing and Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners’ Destin, runner-up in the 2016 Belmont Stakes, is preparing to return from a nine-month layoff in an allowance race Sunday at Belmont Park. Most recently, the Todd Pletcher trainee finished ninth in the Aug. 27 Travers. According to bloodhorse.com, the son of Giant’s Causeway has turned in seven […]

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Stephen Foster, Pacific Classic Added To NBC Breeders’ Cup Challenge Broadcasts

The Breeders’ Cup and NBC Sports Group today announced the 2017 “Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series: Win and You’re In, presented by Lane’s End Farm and America’s Best Racing” television schedule of 11 live programs featuring 17 qualifying races and other major stakes on the road to the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. This year’s Breeders’ Cup […]

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Change One Constant In Storied History Of NYRA’s Jerome

A cold, early January afternoon is hardly the place anyone might expect to find a race with the second-oldest history in New York racing. Yet for the Jerome Stakes, change has been a way of life. First contested in the post-Civil War days of 1866, the Jerome has enjoyed numerous incarnations at a variety of locales. […]

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‘Big Money Mike’ Earns Jockey Of The Week Title With Grade 1 Double

Jockey Mike Smith made the most of his trip to Saratoga as he won the Grade 1 King’s Bishop aboard Drefong and followed that win up with an upset in the Grade 1 Travers Stakes aboard Arrogate. That grade 1 double led to him to him being named the Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Week […]

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Baffert Plans To Train Arrogate Up To Breeders’ Cup Classic

On the morning following Arrogate’s stakes record-smashing performance in the Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers presented by NYRA Bets at Saratoga Race Course, Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert had nothing but accolades for his new stable star. “I watched the race again a couple of times and I still can’t believe the way he […]

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Creator To WinStar For Extended Break After Seventh-Place Finish In Travers

Belmont Stakes winner Creator failed to rebound from his last-place finish in the Jim Dandy, running seventh in the Travers. Assistant trainer Scott Blasi said Creator, who also won the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby, will be given an extended break now and leaves tomorrow for WinStar Farm in Kentucky. Winchell Thoroughbreds, Three Chimneys and Besilu […]

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Prince’s Patience Pays Off With ‘Rambunctious’ Arrogate

“He was a little rambunctious,” trainer Bob Baffert said of his record-setting Travers victor Arrogate, thinking back to when the horse first arrived in his barn last year. Bred by Clearsky Farm, Arrogate made it onto Baffert’s short list at the 2014 Keeneland September Yearling sale, where the veteran is aided by Donato Lanni. Baffert […]

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Arrogate Breezes Under The Wire Well Clear In Fastest Travers Ever

The betting public at Saratoga, a crowd of 48,630, had had little doubt in the ability of Juddmonte Farm’s Flintshire, making him the 1-5 favorite in the Grade 1 Sword Dancer the race before the marquee event of the upstate New York track’s biggest day of the year. For the Travers itself, Juddmonte’s entry Arrogate was […]

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